A father has appeared in court accused of murdering his baby son, it can be reported for the first time.
Rich, of Shrivenham, Swindon faced magistrates in the town on 5 December, when the case was sent to Bristol Crown Court for trial.
It was listed before a judge for the first time last Friday, and a plea and case-management hearing was fixed for 25 January.
The defendant did not attend that hearing.
Rich was remanded into custody.
A Wiltshire Police spokesman said: “Paul Rich appeared via video link at Swindon Magistrates’ Court on 5 December, charged with the murder of a three-month-old baby in Swindon.
“It relates to the death of three-month-old Patrick Bradley, who died in hospital in March 2017.
“There was a short administrative hearing at Bristol Crown Court on 7 December.
“Rich did not appear at this hearing.
“A plea and trial preparation hearing has been listed for 25 January.”